Lauded as one of Arts and Crafts architect James Walter Chapman-Taylors finest homes, 'Woodcroft' commissioned in 1921 for the Davidson family sits magnificently positioned on a knoll that affords both privacy and views in a highly sought after location within walking distance of four of Havelock Norths schools.
With its high-pitched tiled roof the two-storey home designed in a traditional English style has been splendidly maintained and sits largely unchanged in floor plan since its inception. Taking approximately 12 months to complete, it features adzed woodwork and inbuilt furniture. The attention to positioning of the home for sun, light and protection from wind, the quality of materials used, workmanship and detail are apparent throughout.
All living spaces are encompassed on the ground floor. The kitchen looks out over the terrace and in-ground saltwater pool to the Tuki Tuki hills flowing to both the north facing sun porch and the large dining / living room with its feature inglenook and den. Both rooms open to a much-loved covered verandah where many fun-filled meals have been enjoyed over the last 100 years.
All four bedrooms are located on the first floor. Three queen sized rooms share a family bathroom and the extremely generous master bedroom has two walk-in wardrobes and an en-suite.
Set to the rear of the section a large (approximately 16m x 4m) original shed divided in half offers garaging and storage or an opportunity to enhance for use as a studio, hobby room or large office. The garden provides a sanctuary in which to relax and enjoy an easy-care Hawke's Bay lifestyle.
It will be an exceptional privilege for the new custodian of this much-admired property to treasure a wonderful example of New Zealand architectural history.